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Hotspot Analyses for Large Mammal-Vehicle Collisions in California

Started June, 2017

This project aims to conduct a statewide hotspot analysis of wildlife-vehicle collisions in the state of California. The results of the analyses will help the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) make informed decisions regarding future implementation of mitigation measures for wildlife along highways. The goals are to improve human safety, reduce unnatural deaths of large mammals, and maintain or improve habitat connectivity for wildlife

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Professional Capacity Building for Communications Systems Phase 4

Started December, 2016

The purpose of this project is to continue WTI’s work with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to determine the detailed content of prospective courses for Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) engineers at Caltrans, identify suitable contractors to deliver the courses, and evaluate the courses.. .

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Small Urban, Rural and Tribal Center on Mobility (SURTCOM)

Started November, 2016

The objective of the Small Urban, Rural and Tribal Center on Mobility is to conduct research and provide leadership, education, workforce development and technology transfer in all transportation-related aspects of mobility for people and goods, focusing specifically on small urban, rural and tribal areas.. .

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Field Usage of Alternative Deicers for Snow and Ice Control

Started November, 2016

The goal of this project is to identify alternative deicers to chlorides for snow and ice control operations, with a specific focus on potassium acetate and succinate. The products will be assessed to determine if they allow transportation agencies to meet their defined level of service standards, are cost competitive, and have fewer impacts to the environment and infrastructure. A similar project (4W6403) funded by CESTiCC is also underway.

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Last Mile Commercial Package Delivery as a Revenue Generation Tool for Rural Public Transportation Systems in Wyoming

Started October, 2016

The goal of this project is to assess the feasibility of last mile package delivery as a revenue generation tool for rural public transportation systems in Wyoming, which will include exploring
the impact of technologies and innovative last mile package delivery systems, and how rural public transportation systems may have a role in the process.. .

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Mapping the Wolverine Way: Identifying Conservation Corridors and Transboundary Linkages in the Canadian Crown of the Continent Region

Started October, 2016

The objectives of this project are to conduct a survey of wolverine occurrence in the Canadian Crown of the Continent (CCoC) using noninvasive methods; develop occupancy models of wolverine distribution to identify core habitats, dispersal corridors, and highway mitigation; and estimate wolverine density in Canadian Rocky and Columbia Mountains.. .

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Estimating the Application Rate for Liquid Chloride Products Based on Residual Salt Concentration on the Pavement

Started October, 2016

The goal of this project is to determine and document the residual salt concentration on pavement after initial application of salt and salt brine during snow and ice control operations, and then recommend modified application rates for salt and salt brine for various temperatures based on the residual salt concentration on the pavement. The findings from the study will help winter maintenance agencies reduce salt usage while meeting the defined Level of Service. In addition, findings will contribute to environmentally sustainable policies and reduce the salt usage (snow and ice control products) into the environment.

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Outreach and Technology Transfer on the Effectiveness of Wildlife Fences and Wildlife Crossing Structures in a Mult-Functional Landscape

Started October, 2016

The primary goal of this project is to conduct advanced BACI (Before-After-Control-Impact) analyses for the crash and carcass data collected from wildlife fencing and wildlife crossing structure research on U.S. 93. In addition, the project will expand dissemination of research on these topics through updated website and outreach materials, and submission of an article to an international peer-reviewed journal on the effectiveness of wildlife fencing in reducing collisions with large wild mammals

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Teton County Wildlife Crossings Master Plan

Started October, 2016

The objective of this project is to develop a master plan that identifies needs, sets priorities, and estimates costs for wildlife mitigation measures along selected highways and roads in Teton County, Wyoming. The WTI team will synthesize existing data, identify priority sites, recommend site-specific solutions that include cost-benefit analyses, and identify potential funding sources. Critical elements of the master plan will be centered on human safety, biological conservation, and the economics of implementing measures.

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Federal Lands Wildlife-Vehicle Collision Data Coordination

Started September, 2016

The goal of the project is to facilitate Federal Land Management Agency (FLMA) coordination, specifically between the National Park Service (NPS) and US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), for collecting, storing, mapping, sharing, and analyzing Wildlife Vehicle Collision (WVC) data, in coordination with surrounding transportation networks and entities.. .

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Dynamic Warning Systems to Alert Motorists to the Presence of Bicyclists

Started September, 2016

Bicycle use has been increasing nationwide and many people enjoy riding bicycles along rural roads in scenic places. These roads often have high speed traffic, narrow or no shoulders and/or limited sight distances that put people on bicycles in a particularly vulnerable position. Engineering solutions such as wider shoulders or separated paths are not always possible due to political, topographic or economic constraints

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Bozeman TDM Coordinator

Started August, 2016

The objective of this project is to work with the City of Bozeman, Montana and Montana State University to implement transportation demand management (TDM) strategies.. .

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Last Mile Commercial Package Delivery as a Revenue Generation Tool for Rural Public Transportation Systems in Wyoming

Started July, 2016

The goal of this project is to assess the feasibility of last mile package delivery as a revenue generation tool for rural public transportation systems in Wyoming, which will include exploring the impact of technologies and innovative last mile package delivery systems, and how rural public transportation systems may have a role in the process.. .

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2016 Summer Transportation Institute

Started June, 2016

The objective of the Summer Transportation Institute (STI) hosted by the Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University (MSU) is to address the nation’s need for a diverse pool of transportation professionals by heightening pre-college student interest in transportation careers.. .

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Quantifying Salt Concentration On Pavement, Phase 2

Started April, 2016

The objectives of this research project are to identify existing and developing technology for mobile chloride detection that provide real time data, test the feasibility and reliability of the technology, and determine if this technology can be used real time by winter maintenance practitioners in the decision making process.. .

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Weathershare, Phase 4

Started March, 2016

The goal of WeatherShare Phase 4 is to continue to develop the WeatherShare prototype system to match the needs of Caltrans maintenance and operations personnel in terms of combining functionality of WeatherShare, SCAN WebTM and SCAN SentryTM into a single, open system.. .

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Sharing the Roads to Federal Lands

Started February, 2016

The purpose of this research is to develop guidance that can be used by transportation agencies when considering bikeway designations to reduce liability concerns and improve safety for people biking and driving on shared roads.. .

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Livability in State Departments of Transportation

Started January, 2016

The goal of this project is to learn if State DOTs are defining “livability” and incorporating it in their policies, procedures, and projects in a meaningful way.

View more details about this project on the SURLC website at http://surlc.org/2017/03/28/livability-in-state-departments-of-transportation/. .

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Transportation Scholars Program

Started October, 2015

The objective of this project is to establish a Transportation Scholars program that will provide individuals to conduct site specific work at three United States Fish and Wildlife refuges, complexes or offices.To view more information about the transportation scholars program, please visit our Federal Lands Transportation Website.. .

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Reliability and Meta-Analyses of the Effectiveness of Animal Detection Systems in Reducing Vehicle Speed and Collisions with Large Mammals

Started October, 2015

In order to reduce the number of animal-vehicle collisions, animal detection systems need to detect animals reliably, and influence driver behavior so that drivers avoid collisions.  Widespread implementation of animal detection systems in hindered by numerous factors, including lack of well-designed studies that evaluate system reliability and effectiveness, scarcity of peer-reviewed publications, absence of standards for system reliability and effectiveness, and absence of clear overall data on system effectiveness.

This project will include the following activities to enhance available research on animal detection systems:

Conduct extensive data collection on the reliability and effectiveness of an animal detection system in Boundary County, Idaho, including under harsh conditions for electronic equipment and relatively dangerous driving conditions (low temperatures, snow, ice)
Submit a paper on the reliability of animal detection systems, the effect of environmental conditions on system reliability and suggested minimum norms to a peer-reviewed journal
Conduct meta-analysis to investigate the overall effectiveness of animal detection systems  in reducing vehicle speed and collisions with large mammals.
Submit a paper on the meta-analyses to a peer-reviewed journal.
Present results to an international conference.
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Innovative Safety Solutions with Pavement Markings and Delineation

Started August, 2015

The objective of this project is the development of approximately 12-15 two-page case studies regarding pavement markings, to be included in a publication for the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) that will serve as an easy-to-read resource and reference tool for local public officials and others who have the responsibility of making roadways safer. .

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ARC Solutions Technology Transfer Initiative

Started July, 2015

The objective of this project is to educate and engage science and engineering professionals working in conservation, natural resources, and transportation in order to build support for the development of innovative wildlife crossings.. .

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Mitigation of Expansive Soils in South Dakota

Started April, 2015

The objective of this project is to update the South Dakota Department of Transportation specifications and construction guidelines related to designing and constructing roads in areas containing subgrade soils with high potential for expansion and/or shrinkage.. .

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Fish Passage Research

Started March, 2015

The purpose of this research project is to increase knowledge and understanding of factors influencing the design and operation of fish passages to improve landscape connectivity, which has been fragmented by instream physical barriers to fish movement.. .

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Developing a Training Video and Manual for Best Practices and Techniques in Clearing Different Interchange Configurations and Other Geometric Layouts

Started March, 2015

The goal of this project is to provide comprehensive, clear, and concise training materials (videos, manual, and reference cards) based on best practices for snow removal and ice control on interchange and intersection layouts that are applicable for agencies of any size and in all regions of the U.S. and Canada..

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MDT Special Event Planning Synthesis

Started December, 2014

The purpose of this project is for the Western Transportation Institute (WTI) to assist the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) in documenting existing special event management practices in Montana, identifying the best management practices used across the U.S. that are applicable to Montana, and providing MDT and local governments with recommendations for implementing traffic management strategies for special events..

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Use of Equipment Lighting During Snowplow Operation

Started November, 2014

The objectives of this research are to summarize the state-of-the-practices of light use and configurations and make recommendations on the use of various lighting technologies and mounting techniques on winter maintenance vehicles.

Final project documents and research brief http://clearroads.org/project/use-of-equipment-lighting-during-snowplow-operations/. .

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Quantifying Salt Concentration on Pavement

Started November, 2014

The objectives of this research project are to identify existing and developing technology for mobile chloride detection that can provide real time data, test the feasibility and reliability of the technology, and determine if this technology can be used real time by winter maintenance practitioners in the decision making process.. .

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Mapping the Wolverine Way

Started November, 2014

The objective of this project is to understand the effects of human activity on wolverine distribution, connectivity and gene flow in the southern Canadian Rockies.. .

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Converting Paved Roads to Unpaved

Started November, 2014

The purpose of this project is to prepare a synthesis that identifies measures to analyze and objectively determine when to convert a paved surface to an unpaved surface, and to identify appropriate unpaved road maintenance and management strategies that will cost-effectively maintain these converted pavements in a good condition than.. .

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Improved Analysis of Two-Lane Highway Capacity and Operational Performance

Started September, 2014

The objective of this research is to (1) identify appropriate performance measures for operational and capacity analyses of two-lane highways and develop models to produce these performance measures in an Highway Capacity Manual (HCM) context, and (2) develop or modify a simulation-based analysis method for two-lane highways and offer guidance for when to apply a simulation versus HCM methods.. .

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West Virginia TEAM, Phase 2

Started August, 2014

The objective of this project is to create tools and resources to increase utilization of home visitation services as well as promote positive norms about West Virginia parents.. .

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MDT Research Implementation Plan

Started August, 2014

The purpose of project is for the Western Transportation Institute (WTI) to assist the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) in creating a formalized process for implementing research conducted on their behalf.. .

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Incorporating Livability and the Urban Form into Travel Demand Forecasting Models in High Growth Rural and Small Urban Communities

Started July, 2014

The objectives of this research are to:

Develop a consolidated list of livability metrics that could be incorporated into TDFM,
Conduct initial analysis on the feasibility of incorporating each of these metrics into TDFM for a rural or small urban area,
Fully implement at least one livability metric into a full TDFM, and
Share results through technical transfer activities.
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EPRI, Phase 1

Started June, 2014

The objective of this project is to lay the exploratory groundwork to identify, characterize and estimate the relative efficacy of using in-cab video in conjunction with active driver risk management for use in a future, dual armed, observational study.. .

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Road Weather for QuickMap

Started April, 2014

The goal of this project is to develop enhanced road weather layers for the QuickMap travel information interface used by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).. .

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Center for Environmental Sustainability

Started March, 2014

The objective of this Center is to systematically engineer environmentally sustainable transportation infrastructures in cold climates, considering the entire life cycle of transportation lanning, design, materials selection, construction, maintenance and operations, preservation, and recycling through the collaboration of academia, industry, and other stakeholders.

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The North Dakota Oil Boom’s Impact on Livability in Western North Dakota

Started March, 2014

The western half of North Dakota has experienced tremendous growth in recent years due to increased oil exploration and drilling. Along with this has come transportation and housing issues that affect everyone involved. The Highway 2 corridor in northwest North Dakota has seen a dramatic increase in traffic volumes while local airports have seen a substantial increase in passenger boardings leading to greater demand for additional flights

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University Trip Exchange District Study

Started January, 2014

The purpose of this study was to determine the feasibility of creating a district around Montana State University in order to measure how travel to and from a university is different from travel to and from other types of development.. .

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Understanding the Effectiveness of Non-Chloride Liquid Agricultural By-Products and Solid Complex Chloride/Mineral Products Used in Snow and Ice Control Operations

Started December, 2013

The objectives of this research are to determine and document the effectiveness and impacts of non-chloride liquid agricultural by-products and solid complex chloride/mineral products used in snow and ice control operations, and to investigate the mechanisms by which these products contribute to anti-icing, deicing, and corrosion inhibition.

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Cost-Benefit of Various Winter Maintenance Strategies

Started December, 2013

The objectives of this research were to assess the costs and benefits of at least three winter maintenance strategies and identify winter maintenance strategies that would be sustainable for departments of transportation from a cost, safety, and mobility standpoint.

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Small Urban & Rural Livability Center (SURLC)

Started October, 2013

The objective of this project was to create a University Transportation Center charged with conducting research and providing leadership, education, workforce development and technology transfer on the transportation aspects of livability, focused on small urban and rural areas.. .

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Evaluation of Variable Speed Limit/Variable Advisory Speed Systems

Started September, 2013

The objective of this project is to evaluate the performance of variable speed limit (VSL) and variable advisory speed (VAS) systems in urban (OR 217) and rural (US26/OR35) settings in Oregon and provide guidance for future implementations of similar systems. The research will examine the before and after performance data of the VSL/VAS systems in addressing congestion, travel times, weather information, and crashes based on the specific issues of each corridor..

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Optimization of Salt Storage for County Garage Facilities

Started September, 2013

The objective of this project will be to conduct an analysis of the salt dome facilities utilized by ODOT to store road salt for winter maintenance operations, in order to identify practices and onsite modifications that can improve salt loading and storage at ODOT salt domes and enhance worker safety.. .

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Highway User Expectations for ITD Winter Maintenance

Started June, 2013

The objectives of this research are to obtain a better understanding of what Idaho highway users’ expectations are for the Department’s winter maintenance efforts and to develop new or revised level of service recommendations for consideration by the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD).. .

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ITD Constructive Culture Project

Started June, 2013

The purpose of this project is to support leadership development efforts at the Idaho Transportation Department, by applying the Positive Community Norms framework of the Center for Health and Safety Culture to grow norms associated with a constructive leadership practices.. .

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Oyu Tolgoi Roads and Wildlife Mitigation in the Gobi Desert

Started February, 2013

The purpose of this project was to develop recommendations on the best ways to mitigate a new highway for wide-ranging and threatened native ungulates of the southern Gobi desert of Mongolia due to increased traffic and expanding transportation infrastructure caused by the development of a large mining operation.. .

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Procedures and Tools for Wildlife-Vehicle Collision Hotspot Analyses; Using Caltrans District 10 as an Example

Started February, 2013

This project focused on providing a strategy for the potential future implementation of mitigation measures for wildlife along highways. The general goals of the measures were to: 1.) reduce direct wildlife mortality of large mammal species along highways in Caltrans District 10 and elsewhere in California, and 2.) maintain or improve habitat connectivity for a wide variety of wildlife species, specifically amphibian, reptile, and mammal species, across highways in Caltrans District 10 and elsewhere in California. The project includes data from approximately 1,836 miles of highway in Caltrans District 10.

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Evaluation of Deer-Vehicle Collision Rate in West Virginia and a Review of Available Mitigation Techniques

Started January, 2013

WTI is teaming with researchers at Marshall University and West Virginia University to identify the problematic DVC areas in the state and recommend methods that best serve to mitigate these problem areas.
The overall goal of this project was to evaluate Deer Vehicle Collision (DVC) rates in West Virginia to identify hotspots and review available mitigation techniques. Researchers reviewed police crash reports involving deer and carcass data reported by the West Virginia Department of Transportation from 2008-2012

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Benefit-Cost Analysis of CDOT Fixed Automated Spray Technology (FAST) System

Started November, 2012

The objective of this research was to determine the cost-effectiveness of all the existing Fixed Automated Spray Technology (FAST) Systems operated by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). The project developed a best management and performance practices guide for the future planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of FAST systems for Colorado’s highway and bridge networks..

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A Peer-to-Peer Traffic Safety Campaign Program

Started April, 2012

This research project built upon an effective peer-to-peer outreach effort in Texas entitled Teens in the Driver Seat, the nation’s first peer-to-peer driving safety program run by teens for teens. The project implemented a peer-to-peer driver’s safety program in Montana to determine if Montana may produce similar safety benefits as those in Texas. The research used a case–control experimental design across four Montana high schools that included one case and one control school in an urban setting (Bozeman and Helena) and another case and control school from a rural setting (Manhattan and Big Timber).
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Snow Removal at Extreme Temperatures

Started March, 2012

The goal of this project was to review best management practices for maintaining clear roads at extremely low temperatures and develop cost effective strategies for getting the roadway to a bare/dry condition in extreme temperatures and keeping it at that condition.. .

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Relative Operational Performance of Geosynthetics Used as Subgrade Stabilization

Started December, 2011

The main objective of this project is to determine material properties of geosynthetics that affect in-field performance of geosynthetics used for subgrade stabilization, so that DOT personnel can objectively and confidently specify appropriate geosynthetics based on material properties and cost for a specific situation, while also allowing competition from different manufacturers.. .

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Traffic Calming for Rural 2-Lane Roads

Started August, 2011

The objective of this project is to summarize past and current work on traffic calming applications and recommend techniques to address safety issues along continuous, rural, 2-lane road sections on Federal Lands.. .

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Models for Estimating the Benefits for Winter Maintenance Operations

Started August, 2011

The objective of the proposed research is to identify methods for estimating the benefits – both economic and non-economic – of winter maintenance operations. Once identified, these methods and their corresponding supporting data will be employed to estimate the benefits of winter maintenance operations for different scenarios of winter-storm conditions..

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Cost Effective Local Road Safety Planning and Implementation

Started August, 2011

The purpose of this project is to develop a simplified resource and reference document, identified as necessary by the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA), for local government personnel to consult in identifying safety issues on their network and appropriate safety solutions that can be applied to address them.. .

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Develop Locally Sourced Salt Brine Additive for Anti-Icing

Started August, 2011

The objective of this project is to determine if local agricultural products or byproducts of local distilleries/breweries or other manufacturing processes could be cost-effectively used to replace high-cost proprietary products to enhance the performance characteristics of salt brine for anti-icing on Alaska roads.. .

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ROCS, Phase 4 - UTC

Started July, 2011

The objective of this fourth phase of the Roadkill Observation Collection System (ROCS) project will be to implement the PDA based version of ROCS from Phase 3 on a Google Android –based smart-phone.. .

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Safe Routes to Schools FY12

Started July, 2011

Through this project, Taylor Lonsdale, PE, will serve as the state of Montana's “Safe Routes to School” Coordinator on behalf of the Montana Department of Transportation. This program aims to encourage active and healthy lifestyles by increasing the number of children in grades K through 8 who walk and bike to school..

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ARC Technology Transfer Initiative - UTC

Started April, 2011

The objective of this initiative is to build on the momentum of the ARC competition and its message: New Methods-New Materials-New Thinking by inspiring transportation and natural resource communities and the next generation of practitioners through a series of activities over the course of twelve months. This initiative intends to acknowledge the virtues of the winning design while celebrating the promising ideas of all finalist designs. It also strives to keep innovation at the forefront of our collective thinking about wildlife crossing structure design.

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Passage in Plains and Prairie Waterways and Predicting Fish Response to Climate Change

Started December, 2010

The objective of this research is to construct flumes and swim chambers for testing swimming performances of large and small bodied fish species, as well as construct a spawning channel for physiological assessments. In addition, using the newly constructed facilities, the project will characterize swimming performance of shovelnose sturgeon, rainbow trout and westslope cutthroat and evaluate the effect of temperature on swimming performance.

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Montana Intercity Bus Service Study

Started November, 2010

The goal of this project is to provide the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) with an assessment of current intercity bus services within the state, and a methodology for determining future needs.. .

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City of Bozeman Parking Study

Started July, 2010

The purpose of this project is to provide the city of Bozeman, MT with information regarding available parking inventory, turnover, and occupancy rates, as well as the state of the practice in managing parking resources in downtown areas.. .

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Safe Routes to Schools, FY11

Started July, 2010

Through this project, Taylor Lonsdale, PE will serve as the state of Montana's “Safe Routes to School” Coordinator on behalf of the Montana Department of Transportation. This program aims to encourage active and healthy lifestyles by increasing the number of children in grades K through 8 who walk and bike to school.
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Coordinated Speed Management Systems to Reduce Speed-Related Crashes on Rural Roadways: Augmented Speed Enforcement (ASE)

Started June, 2010

The long-term goal of this project is to develop and evaluate system concepts that can be implemented across the rural road network to reduce speed related crashes. As a first step, the immediate objective if this first phase of research is to deploy a system to reduce speed violations (citations) and the number of speed related incidents at work zones on rural highways..

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Automated Safety Warning System Controller, Phase II

Started April, 2010

This project is a continuation of the prior phase of the Caltrans Automated Warning System Controller project. The goal is to conduct further research and development of an automated warning system controller that can be easily configured to acquire sensor data from Roadside Weather Information Systems (RWIS), detection loops, Remote Traffic Microwave Sensors (RTMS) and video detection systems, and to prepare the system for deployment in Caltrans..

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White Papers for "Toward Zero Deaths": A National Strategy on Highway Safety

Started April, 2010

This project will develop a series of eight white papers that will outline the key issue areas that may be addressed as part of the process for developing a National Strategy on Highway Safety. The key issues have been identified as: 1) Future View of Transportation: Implications for Safety, 2) Safety Culture, 3) Safer Drivers, 4) Safer Vehicles, 5) Safer Vulnerable Users, 6) Safer Infrastructure, 7) Emergency Medical Systems, and 8) Data Systems and Analysis Tools. WTI is responsible for developing the Safety Culture white paper.

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US 93 Post-Construction Wildlife-Vehicle Collision and Wildlife Crossing Monitoring Research

Started January, 2010

WTI will implement a five year post-construction monitoring plan in conjunction with the Salish Kootenai Confederated Tribes to measure the effects of over 40 wildlife crossings and fencing on the following two parameters: 1) wildlife-vehicle collisions and 2) wildlife movements across US Highway 93.

The objective of this project is to conduct post-construction monitoring of the wildlife mitigation efforts on US 93, and conduct an analysis of their effectiveness. The research centers on the benefits for human safety, habitat connectivity for wildlife, and a cost-benefit analysis..

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Montana Fuel Tax Refunds

Started January, 2010

This project will investigate Montana’s motor fuel tax refund process to evaluate its current governing policies, the potential for errors, omissions, and evasions (EOE), and the possibility of moving from a paper system to an electronic tracking system.. .

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Automated Safety Warning System Controller, Phase 2 - UTC

Started January, 2010

This project is a continuation of the prior phase of the Caltrans Automated Warning System Controller project. The goal is to conduct further research and development of an automated warning system controller that can be easily configured to acquire sensor data from Roadside Weather Information Systems (RWIS), detection loops, Remote Traffic Microwave Sensors (RTMS) and video detection systems, and to prepare the system for deployment in Caltrans..

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Burrowing Mammal Impacts on Paved Highways, Phase 1

Started January, 2010

WTI conducted surveys, interviews, and site visits to determine the extent and nature of burrowing mammal-caused roadbed damage and associated mitigation methodologies.

The objective of Phase I of this study is to characterize the nature and extent of burrowing mammal damage to paved roadways around the state of Montana..

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Safe Routes to Schools

Started November, 2009

Through this project, Taylor Lonsdale, PE will serve as the state of Montana's “Safe Routes to School” Coordinator on behalf of the Montana Department of Transportation. This program aims to encourage active and healthy lifestyles by increasing the number of children in grades K through 8 who walk and bike to school..

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FWS Traffic Monitoring Assessment and Demo

Started September, 2009

The purpose of this project is to evaluate the current traffic monitoring practices of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and make plans for a series of demonstration projects to test alternative techniques for improving visitor estimation..

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Bike Sharing Programs on Federal Lands

Started August, 2009

This project will analyze the challenges bike sharing programs in some national parks and national wildlife refuges are facing, including liability and risk management, helmet use, business models, operations and maintenance, and funding mechanisms, and offer recommendations for Federal Land Management Agencies (FLMAs) interested in implementing bike sharing programs. The results can help transfer knowledge on this new technology among the FLMAs..

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Evaluation of Swimming Performance of Rainbow Trout and Westslope Cutthroat Trout for Assessment and Design of Fish Passage Structures

Started August, 2009

The primary objective of this research is to determine scientifically valid, volitional swimming abilities of westslope cutthroat trout and rainbow trout that reside in the Rockies Ecosystem.

WTI is evaluating the swimming performance of wild rainbow and westslope cutthroat trout for assessment and design of fish passage structures for highways and roads. The study involves constructing a large-scale research flume and performing fish swimming trials to determine swimming performance - fundamental biological information that current models and designs do not have..

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National Scan of Best Practices for Road Dust Control and Soil Stabilization

Started August, 2009

The purpose of the National Scan is to examine programs and practices employed by different governmental agencies and contractors that result in effective dust control and/or soil stabilization on unpaved roads. The driving force behind this scan is that road dust and/or the additives used in its control pose a myriad of health, safety, economic, regulatory, and environmental challenges..

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Camelina Evaluation for Soil Amendment

Started May, 2009

The objective of this project is to explore the potential uses of Camelina meal (Camelina sativa) for roadside applications, incorporated as a soil amendment or spread topically, to enhance native vegetation establishment and growth for highway reclamation projects.. .

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The I-70 Eco-Logical Field Test

Started February, 2009

The objective of this project is to assist the Center for Native Ecosystems (CNE) with developing a wildlife mortality and habitat connectivity monitoring and evaluation program, and with developing a mitigation plan for the I-70 Corridor in Colorado from Evergreen to Glenwood Springs in portions of the Clear creek, Blue River and Gore Creek Watersheds.. .

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RWIS Implementation Plan

Started December, 2008

The goal of this project is to document how the Alaska Department of Transportation developed and deployed its RWIS system, and to provide recommendations for its future use.. .

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Cut Slope Composting: Field Trials and Evaluation

Started October, 2008

The purpose of this project is to expand the knowledge base and further refine the use of various materials and application techniques to increase the performance of compost at lower application rates that promote the establishment of native plants on steep cut slopes along highways.. .

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Examining Paved Road Impacts on Birds

Started October, 2008

The purpose of this project is to improve overall knowledge of paved road impacts on birds throughout the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative Society (Y2Y) region and determine appropriate conservation measures necessary for conserving avifauna found across the Y2Y region.

 

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Carnivores and Connectivity in the Cascades

Started October, 2008

WTI worked with the US Forest Service, US National Park Service, WSDOT, and others to assess habitat connectivity and the impact of landscape fracture zones on carnivore populations within and between the I-90, US Route 2, and State Highway 20 transportation corridors.. .

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Rural Traveler Information (One Stop Shop), Phase 1

Started September, 2008

The objective of this project is to put a variety of real-time information together in a single web-based location in a user-friendly format. This will provide travelers making a trip in or through rural areas access to current travel information on a route-specific basis, customized for a specific origin and destination, enabling drivers to travel more safely and with a minimum of delay..

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SHRP II: SO2 Proposal: Integration of Analysis Methods and Development of Analysis Plan

Started September, 2008

The objective of the S02 project is to integrate the results of the prior SHRP 2 safety projects and to produce prioritization of research questions and an analysis plan for the data collected from the in-vehicle naturalistic field studies. This project will identify analytical methods necessary to address a set of research questions and delineate the steps involved in obtaining appropriate measures of effectiveness, evaluation factors, and sampling designs of large naturalistic driving data sets..

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COATS, Phase IV

Started September, 2008

The objective of this project is to conduct technology transfer and outreach activities to enhance and expand rural ITS deployment in the COATS region.. .

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Validation of Rehab Strategies to Extent the Service Life of Concrete Bridge Decks - UTC

Started August, 2008

The objective of this research is to investigate the long-term effectiveness of Caltrans’ preservation and rehabilitation strategies for concrete bridge decks. Caltrans currently employs high molecular weight methacrylate (HMWM)-based crack sealing and polyester overlay. This research will also explore the value of Portland cement concrete (PCC) and asphalt concrete (AC) overlays on bridge decks, and identify the appropriate treatment time and frequency for these strategies.

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Validation of Rehab Strategies of Extend the Service Life of Concrete Bridge Decks

Started July, 2008

The objective of this research is to investigate the long-term effectiveness of Caltrans’ preservation and rehabilitation strategies for concrete bridge decks. Caltrans currently employs high molecular weight methacrylate (HMWM)-based crack sealing and polyester overlay. This research will also explore the value of Portland cement concrete (PCC) and asphalt concrete (AC) overlays on bridge decks, and identify the appropriate treatment time and frequency for these strategies.

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Evaluation of Wildlife Mitigation Measures Along US Hwy 93

Started April, 2008

Study the effectiveness of eleven wildlife underpasses, 29 jump-outs and two wildlife guards (equivalent to cattle guards) in terms of wildlife movements and wildlife/vehicle collisions on U.S. Highway 93 near Ravalli, Montana. In addition, the effectiveness of other, more isolated, wildlife crossing structures and shorter fencing on other locations along U.S

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Developing a Regional Ecosystem Framework for Terrestrial and Aquatic Resources along the I-70 Corridor, Colorado

Started March, 2008

The objective of this project is to assist the Center for Native Ecosystems (CNE) with developing a wildlife mortality and habitat connectivity monitoring and evaluation program, and developing a mitigation plan for the I-70 Corridor in Colorado from Evergreen to Glenwood Springs in portions of the Clear creek, Blue River and Gore Creek Watersheds.. .

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Portable TMC-TMS Communications Demonstration - UTC

Started March, 2008

The general goal of the project is to present to Caltrans/other DOT technical staff a number of new, viable alternatives for TMC-TMS communications in a (semi-) realistic, portable demonstration environment using real ITS equipment. The primary outcome of the project is the demonstration, with the system itself and associated documentation as related deliverables..

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Deploying Portable Traveler Information Systems

Started March, 2008

Provide expertise and support to the California Center for Innovative Transportation (CCIT) on a project looking at deploying portable, remotely controlled, changeable message signs that provide real-time delay information at critical times and locations as part of an integrated advanced traveler information system (ATIS).. .

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The Nature Aggregate-Asphalt Bond: A Lab Study

Started February, 2008

This research is directed at developing a laboratory-based test method to investigate the nature of the aggregate–asphalt bond using different analyticochemistry analysis approaches. The project proposes to identify the mechanisms that contribute to adhesive failure of asphalt mixes, to understand the contribution of material properties (asphalt and aggregate structure) to the adhesive failure of mixes, to understand the contribution of mixture properties, and to develop a test to evaluate the adhesive failure of mixes..

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Rural EMS Driver Safety Research Program, Phase 1

Started February, 2008

This project will evaluate the feasibility of (a) gathering baseline data on behavioral crash factors associated with rural ambulance crashes as well as (b) measuring the potential safety benefits of an onboard driving quality feedback systems (QFS) within a rural ambulance fleet.. .

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Inhibitor Longevity and Deicer Performance Study

Started January, 2008

The objective of this research is to evaluate the cost effectiveness of corrosion inhibitors in deicing chemicals, and their longevity when in storage or on the road. The project also aims to establish a reliable measure to quantify the performance of anti-icing and deicing chemicals..

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Rural Transportation Research, Development and Accelerated Deployment Technical Proposal

Started January, 2008

Renewal of a cooperative and contractual arrangement between the Western Transportation Institute and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to continue efforts toward improving safety and efficiency of rural transportation facilities, enhance the mobility of rural travelers, and conserve the ecological well being of the environment through which those transportation systems move.. .

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WTI System Engineering and Integration of Transportation Technology Program (SEITTP) - UTC

Started November, 2007

This project is the second phase of the study examining the establishment of the WTI Systems Engineering and Integration of Transportation Technology Program (SEITTP). The purpose of this project is to address the decisions reached in the initial feasibility study conducted in Phase 1 and the development and status of the current systems engineering program area at WTI..

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American Wildlands Road Watch

Started September, 2007

Modification of wildlife reporting system for use by American Wildlands on the Bozeman Pass area of U.S. Interstate Highway 90 between Bozeman, Montana, and Livingston, Montana..

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PDA Data Collection Package

Started August, 2007

Develop hands-free electronic data collection and reporting equipment and procedures to replace hand-written methods for Emergency Relief for Federally Owned (ERFO) Roads Damage Site Reports (DSRs), bridge inspections and field surveys.. .

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Transportation Toolkit: United We Ride Project

Started August, 2007

Enhance the coordination/consolidation process to improve specialized and public transportation systems in Montana. This will be accomplished by surveying Transportation Advisory Committees (TACs) in the state to determine their needs and creating a set of tools to assist them with their processes, providing training events for stakeholders, and developing a system to manage communication among the agencies involved..

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RWIS Usage Report (Alaska)

Started March, 2007

To assess the current usage of the RWIS network of the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, and to identify ways to improve its utility and effectiveness.. .

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MANETs for Rural Public Safety

Started March, 2007

The overall objective of this project is to enhance or develop a routing protocol for Mobile Ad-hoc Networks and conduct proof-of-concept demonstration of Mobile Ad-hoc Networks, as a method for enhancing wireless communications for law enforcement agencies in remote, rural locations.. .

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Impacts of Airport Pavement Deicing Products on Aircraft & Airfield Infrastructure

Started March, 2007

The objectives of this synthesis are to report how airports chemically treat their airfield pavements to mitigate snow and ice, and what chemicals are used; to review damage reported to aircraft components and airfield infrastructure in association with the use of traditional or modern pavement deicing products (PDPs); and to identify critical knowledge gaps on these subjects.. .

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TS603 Optimal Sensor Placement

Started January, 2007

WTI will provide support on rural issues related to optimal sensor placement for critical Traffic Management and Traveler Information applications for a study by the California Center for Innovative Transportation (CCIT).. .

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Automated Cost Recovery

Started November, 2006

Identify practices and technologies to automate cost recovery in Montana transit systems making transportation business practices more effective and efficient.. .

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Advanced CMS

Started July, 2006

To develop a new standard and specification for Caltrans Changeable Message Signs (CMS), incorporating the advances in technology and communications over the last twenty years, while trying to ensure that the benefits of standardization, such as spare parts, training and volume purchase discounts, are achieved.. .

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Automated Safety Warning System Controller

Started July, 2006

WTI will conduct research to develop an “Automated Safety Warning System Controller” that will interface with roadside sensors and signs. The controller will collect automated data and apply best practice algorithms to analyze sensor data and actuate related warning messages and signals..

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Redding Responder, Phase 2

Started June, 2006

To evaluate and prepare for full corporate deployment of the Responder System, an at-scene incident information collection, sharing, and incident support information framework for remote rural areas.. .

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Weathershare, Phase 2

Started June, 2006

To evaluate and prepare for full corporate deployment of the WeatherShare system – a project to streamline and integrate available road weather data in the Northern California area into a single source easily accessible by incident responders and potentially the traveling public.. .

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Evaluation of Alternate Anti-Icing & Deicing Compounds Using Sodium Chloride & Magnesium Chloride as Baseline Deicers

Started June, 2006

Project Objective
The overall goal of this project was to evaluate potassium acetate (KA) and sodium acetate/formate blend deicers (or possibly potassium formate) as alternative anti-icing and deicing compounds relative to NaCl salt-sand mixtures and MgCl2 (baseline deicers) based on various criteria specified by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT).. .

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Responder Field Test - UTC

Started January, 2006

The Western Transportation Institute will take a proof of concept mobile data collection and communication system, developed under contract for the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and ready it for field test by finalizing software to accommodate hardware updates and to increase usability and durability of the system.. .

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Cold-Region & Rural Transportation Research, Maintenance & Operations Test-Bed: Project Development Task

Started December, 2005

The purpose of this project is to conduct initial development tasks that will create a prioritized, funded research program for the facility, and establish Montana as a national and international leader in cold region rural transportation research. This project provides federal match funding for the development of the Lewistown Airport Cold Region Rural Transportation Research Facility (eventually called TRANSCEND)..

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Pilot Test of Automatic Vehicle Location on Snow Plows

Started March, 2005

To provide Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) with enough information to help them procure the automatic vehicle location (AVL) technology that is most appropriate for a pilot test on MDT snow plows and that would be consistent with statewide adoption for use on snow plows.. .

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ODOT Region 1 ITS Implementation & Operations Plan

Started December, 2004

To develop Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) plans for rural state highways and urban arterial state highways and incorporate these into an updated version of the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Region 1 ITS Implementation and Operations Plan.. .

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511 in YNP

Started October, 2004

To automate the data collection of traveler information for Yellowstone National Park (YNP) and to make this information available to visitors via the Montana 511 system so that they can access up-to-date travel information.. .

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Synthesis of Info on Anti-Icing/Pre-Wetting

Started September, 2004

The purpose of this project was to develop a large volume of reference material, a detailed research document and brochure on the advantages and disadvantages of the use of anti-icing and pre-wetting for winter maintenance in the Pacific Northwest.. .

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Montana Four City Parking Generation/Land Use Pattern Correlation Study

Started June, 2004

To provide increased accuracy in parking and trip generation data utilized for review of development and urban planning and provide increased and publicly available knowledge in the area of urban development. The creation of a method, which can be used by local regulatory agencies to adjust projected parking and vehicle trip demand generation, based upon patterns of land use development..

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Evaluation of Reinforcement Strain Growth During Traffic Loading - UTC

Started May, 2004

The objective of this project is to establish the feasibility of using geosynthetic strain measurements from reinforced pavement test sections to establish relationships between a permanent to resilient strain ratio and a normalized traffic pass level. This information is needed as input to a design method for reinforced pavements previously established in a project for FHWA..

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MDT/WTI Liaison

Started April, 2004

Provide program support to the Maintenance Division by conducting rural transportation research on traveler information and intelligent transportation systems (ITS) devices that will respond to MDT’s current and future needs Identify and provide training, such as short-courses and workshops, for traveler information and intelligent transportation systems (ITS) devices; Disseminate the results of research to the Department of Transportation; and Travel to conference where a Department of Transportation presence is requested/needed.. .

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Evaluation of Driver Distraction during Mobile Phone Interaction with the 511 Information System

Started February, 2004

This research project has three primary objectives:
• To collect empirical data addressing driver distraction while using two common mobile phone interfaces in rural and urban traffic,
• To collect empirical data addressing the usability of the 511 information system while being accessed by mobile telephone from a moving vehicle,
• To provide an initial shakedown study for the WTI driving simulation laboratory and an early research success on what will be a high-visibility topic.. .

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Amber Alert

Started February, 2004

To incorporate the Department of Transportation and the use of their intelligent transportation system (ITS) devices into Montana’s AMBER Alert Plan.. .

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Materials Corrosion Laboratory: Evaluating Common Corrosion Inhibited Deicers

Started December, 2003

To establish the research capabilities at the Western Transportation Institute (WTI) with regard to transportation-related corrosion issues, such as the corrosive effect of deicers to vehicles, pavements, and rebars in concrete structures. The same research facilities/equipment can also be used to evaluate various corrosion protection/rehabilitation techniques, such as corrosion inhibitors, protective coatings, surface treatment, and cathodic protection..

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Big Sky Snow Express

Started July, 2003

The purpose of this project is for WTI to provide support for the development of new routes and a schedule for the Snow Express system in Big Sky, which is funded by resort tax dollars and managed by the District.. .

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Evaluation of Biodiesel Fuel: Literature Review

Started July, 2003

To provide the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) and the State Legislature with better information to help them make policy decisions regarding future biodiesel usage in the state. The purpose of the literature review was to examine the body of literature that currently exists regarding laboratory and field experience with the use of biodiesel fuels, with an emphasis on oil seed-based biodiesel..

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Transportation Toolkit for Federal Land Managers

Started June, 2003

To develop an interactive CD-based decision support system software “toolkit” which will assist managers of Federal lands in identifying potential transportation solutions for the lands for which they have responsibility.

This project will result in tools that will help Federal land managers to identify solutions – both traditional and ITS – that will help address transportation challenges, and ultimately improve the visitor experience and resource management.. .

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Weathershare

Started May, 2003

The objective of this project is to streamline currently available weather data from Caltrans Roadway Weather Information Systems (RWIS) sites, National Weather Service sites, the U.S. Forest Service, and other sources available in the Redding area into one accessible source in a manner that is easily accessible by incident responders and potentially the traveling public..

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Bozeman Pass Wildlife Linkage and Highway Safety Pilot Study

Started February, 2003

The goals of this study are to address the question of whether or not fences and cattle guards are effective at a) reducing the number of animal-vehicle collisions, and b) re-directing animal movement patterns through existing highway ‘crossing’ structures (e.g., road and railroad bridges and culverts). The proposed study will continue to document the location of animal-vehicle collisions, locations of highway crossings by animals both over the highway and through existing ‘crossing’ structures, and locations of attempted crossings..

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Gallatin County Big Sky Transportation District

Started January, 2003

The purpose of the project is to provide support for the development of a Request For Proposal (RFP) for transportation services (buses and their operation) for the District, in addition to a survey of clients who utilize the services of the District.. .

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Transportation Research Applications and Instrumentation Laboratory (TRAIL)

Started October, 2002

The Western Transportation Institute’s Transportation Research, Applications and Instrumentation Laboratory (TRAIL) will demonstrate and evaluate various data acquisition, control systems, information delivery, and management systems in a small urban and rural environment. Systems will be deployed that relate to weather and winter mobility, highway infrastructure design and maintenance, wildlife and ecology, commercial vehicle operations, emergency medical services and public transportation. TRAIL will be developed and deployed in multiple phases with Phases 1 and 2 being deployed locally at Montana State University-Bozeman

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Lewis and Clark ITS Kiosks Evaluation

Started October, 2002

Evaluate the acceptability, functionality, usability, and effectiveness of prototype interactive information kiosks deployed to provide tourism information for the Lewis and Clark Trail Bicentennial celebration in Montana.. .

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Impacts of Weather on Rural Highway Operations - Showcase #2

Started October, 2002

The objective of this project is to study the effect of adverse weather conditions and grade on traffic volume and speed and highway capacity. The work will include collecting data, analyzing data, developing a methodology for predicting road capacities and speeds during adverse weather, and comparing these findings to other studies..

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Development of a Roadway Weather Severity Index - Showcase Evaluation #16

Started September, 2002

The purpose of this study is to research and develop a weather severity index that would be appropriate for roadways. The objectives of the index are to correlate with winter maintenance costs, correlate with the relative hazards of weather-related driving conditions experienced by motorists, use data that is already available, and be easy-to-use and interpret..

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MDT Process Improvements SOW Development

Started June, 2002

The goal of this project is to develop a mutual opportunity with the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) to improve maintenance operations; and address WTI’s mission by expanding the state of the practice. The project will focus on advanced technology and maintenance with a final proposal aimed at jointly improving the maintenance process..

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Paratransit Systems Operations Models

Started June, 2002

The objective of this project is to develop and test prototype models of paratransit systems that can be used to evaluate routing, scheduling and dispatch alternatives. The models will be demand-driven and will be developed using historical data available from Galavan. Testing and validation with other data sets will also be done, time permitting.

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Life-Cycle Costing of Thermo-Plastic Pavement Markings

Started April, 2002

To determine whether it is cost-effective to use TP pavement markings in urban areas within the state of Montana. Specifically, this investigation will provide:· detailed descriptions of TP and other alternative pavement marking materials· cost/benefit analyses for each pavement marking alternativeThis information will indicate to both MDT and Montana contractors whether or not the use of TP in Montana urban areas is cost-effective..

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Evaluation of Wildlife Crossing Structures on U.S. Highway 93 Evaro to Polson

Started March, 2002

Phase I of this long-term project involves finalizing the research methodologies and collecting the baseline pre-construction data that will be needed to determine what effect US 93’s reconstruction installation of 42 wildlife crossing structures and fencing in 56 miles of highway have on the frequency of animal-vehicle collisions and successful animal crossings, and to ultimately identify best management practices for future wildlife crossing structure and fencing deployments.. .

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Field Evaluation of the Performance of Three Concrete Bridge Decks on Montana Route 243 - UTC

Started February, 2002

The objective of this project is to investigate the performance of three different types of concrete bridge decks, namely: a conventionally reinforced deck made with standard concrete, designed and constructed following standard practices of MDT’s Bridge Bureau; a deck with reduced reinforcement made with normal concrete, designed following the empirical design approach presented in the AASHTO LRFD Standard Specifications for Highway Bridges and constructed following standard MDT practice; and a conventionally reinforced deck made with high performance concrete (HPC) developed following FHWA guidelines.. .

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Evaluation of the Fredonyer Summit Ice Curve Warning System - Showcase Evaluation #14

Started January, 2002

The objective of this evaluation will be to determine if the icy curve warning system to be deployed by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) near Fredonyer Summit on State Route 36 is effective in improving traveler safety. Specifically, the evaluation intends to answer the following questions:§ Are motorists responding to the information presented to them?§ Does the system function as promised from a technological standpoint – e.g. continuous monitoring of conditions, automatic warning of motorists, communication of RWIS data to maintenance staff?§ Does the RWIS provide information to maintenance personnel that helps them to prepare and maintain the road with greater efficiency?

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NHI Rural ITS Toolbox Course

Started January, 2002

The objectives of this contract are to develop both the course and its materials to meet adult learning standards, pilot test the curriculum material to be used in conjunction with NHI Course 137007 – Rural Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Toolbox, and deliver the new course, thus enabling participants to identify the benefits of particular “tools” in engaging relevant stakeholders in the deployment of rural ITS.. .

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CANAMEX Corridor

Started January, 2002

To develop an Implementation Plan of existing, new and upgraded ITS projects which, when implemented, will promote enhanced tourism and greater economic activity within rural areas the CANAMEX Corridor. .

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National Park Service Sustainable Transportation

Started October, 2001

The National Park System is making a significant effort to encourage visitors to leave their personal automobiles and tour using alternative modes of transportation. The purpose of this project is to define visitors objectives and expectations for vacation trips to support design of the next generation of NPS alternative transportation vehicles..

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Winter Surface Condition Forecasting

Started October, 2001

The purpose of this project was to extend the knowledge that has been gained in the winter highway forecasting of pavement temperatures modeling and draw upon the well established snow and ice competency which has historically been a strength at MSU.

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Geosynthetic Pullout Behavior under Small Displacements

Started July, 2001

To investigate the pullout behavior of several geosynthetic materials embedded in soils to provide interaction properties for a finite element model. The finite element modeling, which is not part of this project, is based on a large-scale simulation of a geosynthetic reinforced pavement structure..

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GYRTWIS

Started June, 2001

Investigate automated highway system applications in a rural setting and determine evolutionary deployment path.. .

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Assess Caltrans Road Weather Information System (RWIS) Devices and Related Sensors

Started June, 2001

Caltrans Roadway Weather Information Systems (RWIS) devices are installed at critical areas throughout the state where atmospheric and pavement data could be used for maintenance and transportation management. An assessment of their use and research of their effectiveness is needed to improve the use of existing devices and research the communications systems that prohibit open data transfer between the devices..

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ITS Applications in Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Started April, 2001

National Parks operate under a two-fold mission of preserving their historic, cultural, and natural resources as well as promoting the enjoyment of these resources by the American public. The National Park Service (NPS) has evidently succeeded in the latter part of this mission, as overall visitation to National Parks increased 54 percent from 1979 to 1999. However, this success, if not addressed appropriately, may threaten these unique resources, ultimately taking away the attraction that draws visitors

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ARTEMIS Clearinghouse

Started September, 2000

The objective of ARTEMIS is to develop a database that allows other universities, transportation professionals, and interested individuals access to a complete reference source focused on animal-vehicle collisions and mitigation options.. .

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Development of a Primer of Aviation

Started March, 2000

The main goal of this project is to increase the understanding of Montana's aviation infrastructure, management and preservation, by a spatially diverse workforce in rural and remote areas of the state. The course uses distance education technology to deliver the course and will develop a methodology for providing continuing education units or professional development hours..

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#SAFE

Started January, 2000

The project evaluated the effectiveness of the #SAFE system, a cellular based Advanced Transportation Weather Information System (ATWIS) technology.. .

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Oregon DOT ITS Maintenance Plan

Started March, 1999

The object of this project is to develop a long-range maintenance plan for ODOT’s existing Intelligent Transportation Systems Strategic Plan: 1997-2017, which identified statewide ITS deployment technologies and practices over the next twenty years.. .

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Montana Long Range Rest Area Plan Update

Started July, 1998

The Montana Department of Transportation, Planning Division is undertaking a three-phase effort to determine (1) current rest area conditions and services, (2) the needs and expectations of rest area users, and (3) appropriate planning guidelines to better direct rest area improvements and resources.. .

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Rest Area Survey

Started July, 1998

The overall goal of this effort was twofold: (1) to obtain information related to the needs and expectations of rest area users in Montana that may later be directly incorporated into rest area planning efforts, and (2) to support the MDT, Planning Division mission “to provide ways for interested citizens and stakeholders to obtain information and provide input into transportation planning and decision-making.. .

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Advanced Snowplow Development and Demonstration Project

Started January, 1998

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) initiated the Automated Snowplow Program (ASP) to improve the efficiency and safety of snow removal operations. The program’s objective was to apply technologies previously developed under Advanced Vehicle Control and Safety Systems (AVCSS) and Automated Highway Systems (AHS) research to provide assistance to snowplow operators.  The role of the Western Transportation Institute was to assist in demonstration site selection, assist in the development of system requirements, provide methodologies for evaluation of efficiency and safety and technology performance, and collect and analyze data based upon an evaluation plan..

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NAHSC Case Study GYRITS Priority Corridor

Started August, 1996

The goal of this project is to enhance the quality of life for rural residents and travelers through more safe and efficient movements of goods and people using judicious applications of advanced vehicle control technologies. An evolutionary deployment process will be followed, which allows transportation system users and providers to gradually realize the tangible benefits of deploying advanced vehicle control technologies..

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Crack Sealing Cost Effectiveness Project

Started October, 1995

The objective of this research study is to determine the most economical and effective materials and methods for sealing cracks in flexible pavements in the state of Montana. This investigation involves the placement of experimental test sections as part of larger crack sealing projects, followed by visual monitoring. Several sealant materials and several sealing techniques have been included in this investigation.

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ARC Solutions, International

Started January, 1970

WTI is leading a diverse partnership that encourages the best and most innovative interdisciplinary designs for wildlife crossing structures throughout North America and beyond. In 2014, two workshops and a policy paper will focus on new directions that encourage wildlife crossing deployment, including a review the design parameters for crossings that may be adjusted to reduce costs without decreasing their effectiveness. Online at: www.arc-solutions.org

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Northwest Montana Grizzly Bear Corridors and Roads Evaluation

Started January, 1970

Working with the Sonoran Institute and the Center for Large Landscape Conservation, WTI is seeking to demonstrate to transportation and natural resource planners locations where exurban growth and increases in traffic demand and transportation infrastructure in the next 20 years have the greatest potential to impinge upon wildlife habitat connectivity for forest carnivores in two counties of northwest Montana. .

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Monitoring the Chadbourne Diversion Fish Barrier

Started January, 1970

WTI, in a partnership with Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, is monitoring a newly constructed irrigation diversion on the Shields River in Montana. The structure was designed to improve water withdrawal and to act as an upstream fish barrier to protect native Yellowstone cutthroat trout from non-native trout species. An important product from this research will be an evaluation of existing hydraulic models used to design diversion structures and fish barriers, and the development of a preferred modeling approach for future diversion and fish barrier design

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A Science-Based Decision Support Tool for Prioritizing Mitigation of Road Impacts on Wildlife Corridors

Started January, 1970

Working with the MT Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, MDT, Idaho Fish and Game Department, Idaho Transportation Department and the Center for Large Landscape Conservation, this project aims to provide large landscape practitioners of the U.S. Northern Rockies with a decision support tool for prioritizing conservation action to mitigate road impacts on regional wildlife corridors identified by the state wildlife agencies in the U.S. Northern Rockies

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A Review of Wildlife-Highway Conflicts on US Highway 89 through the National Elk Refuge, Wyoming

Started January, 1970

WTI will evaluate US Highway 89/191/26 between Jackson and Gros Ventre Junction for potential wildlife mitigation sites and measures. The transportation corridor consists of a highway and a paved trail for bicyclists and pedestrians. The road borders the refuge for 5.7 miles and an impermeable wildlife fence is situated between the transportation corridor and the refuge along this section.

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